Setting: Part 1 (Podcast)

I sat down with my fellow Merry Murderers and we talked about setting in short stories. Give us a listen here!

“Safe at Home”

I’m very excited to announce that my short story “Safe at Home” is available in A Murder of Storytellers anthology Sorry, We’re Closed which is available now.

2/21/15 (Morning)

There’s nothing quite as good as being young and in love. Except maybe drugs. Although, drugs can have lasting side effects, whereas love’s only potential downfall is pregnancy. Be honest, would you rather crack a knuckle and go on an unexpected acid trip or spend nine months with a parasite growing to the size of a baby watermelon inside of you? I know my answer and, more importantly, Reynolds knows my answer.

No, not Burt Reynolds, though I sometimes see the resemblance too. My boyfriend Paul is also last-named Reynolds. I refuse to call him Paul though. Pauls are serious men that work on computers and have no souls. Reynolds is the kind of man who would climb a tree to save a cat that had gotten itself stuck. A Paul wouldn’t. Thus, Reynolds. He’s got spiky cool guy hair and he’s strong enough to carry me down 5 flights of stairs, though he has to put me down at the landings on the way back up. It gets all of his blood rushing and his arms look huge afterward, but we can’t really bone because of the cast. Don’t get me wrong, we do other things that are nice, but some actual penetration would be wonderful.

He was doing all this carrying because I’d pulled a Kennedy drinking and skiing. What can I say? Massachusetts born and raised. I took a jump, didn’t get my tip up high enough for the landing, and crack. There went my fibula. In most ways though, I was lucky. How many skiers die per year? Fifty-four out of every million do in the U.S. When your leg is broken and you live on the fifth floor walkup, no question is too unimportant for thorough research, or, in this case, Googling how many skiers die per year. There’s time to exhaust the content on your high school boyfriend’s Netflix account. Time to write fifty pages of Harry Potter fan fiction and read it to your poor boyfriend when he gets home from work. Time to peep on the legged through the window.

Continue reading my story and 17 other chilllers in the anthology, available here!

Ryan’s Writing (and Other) Resolutions

I wrote a list of writing resolutions for A Murder of Storytellers. You can check that out here!

My Non-Writing Resolutions are to:

1.) Relax more.

2.) See more films directed by women and people of color. See how I did this year here.

3.) Read more books by writers of color. Ideally, I want 40% of what I read to be by writers of color. I came very close this year, but not quite good enough. I am proud to say that I read as many women as men.

4.) Exercise at least twice a week. I’m running my first 5K in March, so the running should carry me through until then.

5.) Play more guitar. At one point, music was my life. I love what I do now, but there’s no reason I can’t have hobbies.

Truth and Fiction Aren’t Identical in David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers

On July 19th, 1975 Stewart and Cyril Marcus—the twin gynecologists who inspired Bari Woods and Jackie Gleasand’s novel Twins, which in turned inspired David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers — were found dead in their apartment. In this case, the truth might be stranger than the fiction. Certainly, it was more gristly. According to The New York Times article “Death of Twin Doctors Linked to Despondency, “Cyril Marcus had weighed just over 100 pounds when he died, although he was 5 feet 11 inches tall.” (1) He was, “found lying face down on a bed, wearing only undershorts. His brother was found lying face up on the floor, nude.” (1)

The Lineup reports that a police lieutenant told Linda Wolfe that, “There wasn’t an inch of floor that wasn’t littered… The place was a pigsty.” (2) He went on to show Wolfe photos of the scene, which she described in this passage:

Read that passage and more at Wicked Horror!

Movies I Watched in 2018

  1. Bright (1/1/18)
  2. Lethal Weapon (1/3/18)
  3. Battle of the Sexes (1/5/18)
  4. Delirium – 2018, Johnny Martin (1/7/18)
  5. The Shape of Water (1/11/18)
  6. The Mist (1/12/18)
  7. The Babysitter (1/28/18)
  8. Hatchet (2/1/18)
  9. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2/4/18)
  10. Return of the Living Dead (2/9/18)
  11. Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2/10/18)
  12. The Ritual (2/11/18)
  13. Creep 2 (2/13/18)
  14. Wild at Heart (2/14/18)
  15. The Hateful Eight (2/17/18)
  16. Crimson Peak (2/18/18)
  17. Ouija:Origin of Evil (2/19/18)
  18. The Tingler (2/20/18)
  19. World’s Greatest Dad (2/21/18)
  20. Lucky (2/21/18)
  21. Black Panther (2/22/18)
  22. Cube (2/25/18)
  23. Annihilation (2/26/18)
  24. Heathers (3/3/18)
  25. Ingrid Goes West (3/4/18)
  26. Columbus (3/7/18)
  27. Dawn of the Dead (3/10/18)
  28. The Hero (3/15/18)
  29. Imitation Girl (3/15/18)
  30. Blade II (3/17/18)
  31. Blacula (3/19/18)
  32. Veronica (3/19/18)
  33. The 13th (3/20/18)
  34. Man Bites Dog (3/21/18)
  35. Everything is Terrible: The Great Satan (3/21/18)
  36. Wait Until Dark (3/22/18)
  37. Piranha 3D (3/23/18)
  38. The Bad Seed (3/25/18)
  39. Ghost Stories (3/27/18)
  40. Them (4/1/18)
  41. Ready Player One (4/1/18)
  42. Paranormal Activity (4/2/18)
  43. A Quiet Place (4/10/18)
  44. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (4/12/18)
  45. Carrie (4/14/18)
  46. Downrange (4/15/18)
  47. The Wailing (4/18/18)
  48. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (4/19/18)
  49. Logan Lucky (4/21/18)
  50. House (4/22/18)
  51. Attack on the Block (4/23/18)
  52. Avengers: Infinity War (4/27/18)
  53. The Twilight Zone Movie (5/3/18)
  54. Island Zero (5/4/18)
  55. Witchfinder General (5/4/18)
  56. Get Out (5/9/18)
  57. Ravenous (5/10/18)
  58. The Mummy (5/11/18)
  59. Before I Wake (5/12/18)
  60. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (5/16/18)
  61. Resident Evil (5/17/18)
  62. The Blob (5/17/18)
  63. Cold November (5/18/18)
  64. Don’t Breathe (5/19/18)
  65. Taxi Driver (5/23/18)
  66. Deadpool 2 (5/27/18)
  67. Cargo (5/30/18)
  68. Don’t Look Now (6/1/18)
  69. Parava (6/4/18)
  70. Trolls: Holiday (6/7/18)
  71. Upgrade (6/9/18)
  72. The Endless (6/10/18)
  73. Vidar the Vampire (6/11/18)
  74. Hereditary (6/14/18)
  75. The Visit (6/16/18)
  76. The Cop Baby (6/18/18)
  77. Satan’s Slaves (6/19/18)
  78. Sicario (6/20/18)
  79. Howl’s Moving Castle (6/25/18)
  80. The Hitman’s Bodyguard (6/27/18)
  81. Sicario: Day of the Soladado (6/28/18)
  82. Kill List (7/1/18)
  83. Spirited Away (7/3/18)
  84. Solo (7/4/18)
  85. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (7/7/18)
  86. Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (7/11/18)
  87. Oceans 8 (7/12/18)  
  88. Deep Red (7/13/18)
  89. Pontypool (7/14/18)
  90. Boarding School (7/18/18)
  91. My Neighbor Totoro (7/19/18)
  92. The Incredibles 2 (7/21/18)
  93. The Bad Seed – 2018 (7/25/18)
  94. Killer Klowns From Outer Space (7/25/18)
  95. Along Came the Devil (7/26/18)
  96. Casino (7/27/18)
  97. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (7/28/18)
  98. Demons (7/29/18)
  99. Mission Impossible: Fallout (7/30/18)
  100. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (8/1/18)
  101. Two Evil Eyes (8/2/18)
  102. Sorry to Bother You (8/7/18)
  103. The Girl with All the Gifts (8/8/18)
  104. Insidious: The Last Key (8/8/18)
  105. Predator 2 (8/10/18)
  106. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (8/12/18)
  107. Heat (8/13/18)
  108. Identity (8/14/18)
  109. The Shallows (8/23/18)
  110. Dead of Night (Deathdream) (8/24/18)
  111. The Shining (8/25/18)
  112. Room 237 (8/25/18)
  113. Zombie (8/26/18)
  114. Patriot Games (8/26/18)
  115. The Blackkklansmen (9/1/18)
  116. Crazy Rich Asians (9/2/18)
  117. They Live (9/3/18)
  118. Game Night (9/8/18)
  119. Mandy (9/15/18)
  120. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (9/19/18)
  121. The Elephant Man (9/21/18)
  122. Opera (9/27/18)
  123. Fido (10/5/18)
  124. The Babadook (10/6/18)
  125. Silencio (10/7/18)
  126. Phantasm (10/9/18)
  127. Goosebumps (10/13/18)
  128. Let the Right One In (10/14/18)
  129. Bad Times at the El Royale (10/14/18)
  130. Lost Highways (10/18/18)
  131. Halloween 2018 (10/18/18)
  132. Ant-Man and the Wasp (10/25/18)
  133. Hellraiser: Hellseeker (10/26/18)
  134. Christine (10/27/18)
  135. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (10/28/18)
  136. Apostle (10/31/18)
  137. Unsane (11/1/18)
  138. Suspiria (11/4/18)
  139. The Hate U Give (11/10/18)
  140. A Star is Born (11/11/18)
  141. Justice League (11/17/18)
  142. Widows (11/19/18)  
  143. Vertigo (11/24/18)
  144. Bubba Ho-Tep (11/25/18)
  145. The House that Jack Built (11/28/18)
  146. Tag (12/1/18)
  147. Blockers (12/2/18)
  148. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12/2/18)
  149. Jaws (12/4/18)
  150. The Christmas Chronicles (12/9/18)
  151. Get Out (12/11/18)
  152. The Princess Bride (12/12/18)
  153. Get Out (12/12/18)
  154. The Evil Dead 2 (12/12/18)
  155. Sisters (12/13/18)
  156. Alien 3 (12/14/18)
  157. The Meg (12/15/18)
  158. Jigoku (12/19/18)
  159. Gremlins (12/20/18)
  160. Moonlight (12/20/18)
  161. Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (12/21/18)
  162. Santa’s Slay (12/23/18)
  163. Venom (12/24/18)
  164. The Horror of Dracula (12/28/18)
  165. The Favourite (12/30/18)